Eight science faculty members from across CUNY have been selected to receive ASRC Seed Grants in 2019 for their early-stage research projects.
Associate Professor, Biology Department, The City College of New York
ASRC Partner: Andrew Reinmann, Environmental Sciences Initiative
Project Name: Harnessing Ecophysiology and Evolutionary Theory to Improve Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
Goal: The team aims to develop a more accurate model for predicting distribution patterns of plant species under future climate conditions in order to mitigate the effects of environmental change on plant biodiversity ecosystem function.
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department, The City College of New York
ASRC Partners: A. Duke Shereen, Neuroscience Initiative, and Dmitriy Korobkin, Photonics Initiative
Project Name: Deep Brain Light Stimulation
Goal: The team is working to develop and validate a new, noninvasive technique to stimulate deep brain regions using near-infrared light as a therapy for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, The City College of New York
ASRC Partner: Xi Chen, Nanoscience Initiative
Project Name: Isolation of Peptifoglycan from Hyperthemophillic Microorganisms for New Bioinspired Water Responsive Materials
Goal: The research team aims to develop a scalable method of creating water-responsive nanomaterials that can enable a new method of clean energy harvesting.
Professor, Physics Department, Queens College
co-PI: Maria Tamargo
ASRC Partner: Milan Bergliarbekov, Nanoscience Initiative
Project Name: Development of High Efficiency Intermediate Band Photovoltaic Devices
Goal: Kuskovsky’s team is endeavoring to use a novel material system developed by City College researchers to create solar cells that are significantly more efficient.
Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Queens College
ASRC Partner: Gabriele Grasso, Photonics Initiative
Project Name: Slow Light Based on Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers
Goal: The team aims to create nanofabricated structures capable of slowing the movement of light in order to better facilitate light-matter interactions with 2D materials and ultimately advance development of quantum computers.
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Brooklyn College
co-PI: Monica Trujillo
ASRC Partner: Peter Groffman, Environmental Sciences Initiative
Project Name: Seeking Ground: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Restoration of Newtown Creek
Goal: This team aims to develop an emerging multidisciplinary collaboration between a microbiologist, a psychologist, and a biogeochemist to research links between ecological and community health.
Associate Professor, Environmental Health Department, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
ASRC Partners: Rinat Abzalimov, Structural Biology Initiative, and Ye He, Neuroscience Initiative
Project Name: mTORC1/mTORC2 Impact on the Untargeted Metabolomics and Mitochondrial Functions in Pancreatic Islet β Cell Lines.
Goal: Soliman’s team is endeavoring to elucidate the role of two protein complexes (mTORC1 and mTORC2) in the development of type 2 diabetes.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, Brooklyn College
ASRC Partner: Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, Structural Biology Initiative
Project Name: Prions Meet Phase Separation: Rnq1/[PIN+]
Goal: The research team aims to determine whether the yeast prion protein Rnq1 undergoes a process called phase separation; the sequence determinants for this process; and how it might have a role in normal and aberrant cell biology.